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February 2017
Free

The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”

February 2 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts,
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
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PDX Jazz is proud to present the third program in its adult education series, Discover Jazz.  This free event, titled “The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s Jazz Short Story Sonny’s Blues,” will be held at the offices of Literary Arts, at 925 SW Washington Street. Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host the evening’s events, including a lecture, recorded music, and discussion.  In this presentation, Mr. Savery will focus on James Baldwin’s classic short story “Sonny’s Blues,” which pits two brothers against each other.  The older one, unnamed, is a straight-laced vet who is now a married math teacher; and his younger brother, Sonny, a recovering drug addict, is a jazz piano player. What does it mean that one brother’s idea of jazz is Louis Armstrong, and the other’s is Charlie Parker?  How much, if any, does this difference make, and does this difference have any…

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$20 - $25

CANCELED: Charenee Wade (Early Show)

February 16 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Due to her west coast tour cancellation, Charenee Wade’s performance at the BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival originally scheduled at Jimmy Maks on Thursday, February 16th has been CANCELED. A full refund will be made to all persons who purchased tickets for either the 7 or 9:30PM shows. We regret this and hope to re-schedule her next year.  

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$49 - $70

Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Special Guest Kurt Elling

February 16 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival kick-off performance co-sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, features two contemporary jazz icons on the same stage at the same time –  NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist Branford Marsalis plus Grammy® Award-winning singer Kurt Elling. This incomparable duo, along with Marsalis’ longstanding quartet comprised of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) will perform in support of their recent album on Marsalis Music/OKeh Records, Upward Spiral. The album is a collection of tunes that blends songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers. Every track they have selected confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling, allowing both vocalist and musician ample room to improvise, shine and hold the spotlight. After years of discussion and speculation, Marsalis and Elling have finally joined forces for a performance that is greater than the sum of its parts and is sure to be one of the highlights of the…

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$8

Joy Tribe + Quadraphones

February 16 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
White Eagle Tavern,
836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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$18 - $22

Thundercat

February 16 | 9:00 pm
Wonder Ballroom,
128 NE Russell Street
Portland, OR United States
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Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner spent the last part of the new millennium’s first decade becoming the go-to bassist for practically every artist in black vanguard music. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was an accomplished drummer, working with artists like Diana Ross, the Temptations, and Gladys Knight. Bruner’s older brother, Ronald Jr., a Grammy®-winning drummer, has worked with esteemed artists such as Kenny Garrett and Stanley Clarke. The Bruner brothers were members of Young Jazz Giants, a quartet with Kamasi Washington and Cameron Graves, that released a self-titled album in 2004. Possessing a kinship and interest in the L.A.-led movement of genre-mixing black music, Bruner began collaborating with some of its foremost creators. His nimble, syncopated, groove-heavy basslines were heard on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg and others. Bruner’s most prolific and fruit-bearing musical relationship has been with DJ/producer/instrumentalist Flying Lotus, for whom he provided both…

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Christopher Brown Quartet

February 16 | 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$15 - $20

CANCELED: Charenee Wade (Late Show)

February 16 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Due to her west coast tour cancellation, Charenee Wade’s performance at the BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival originally scheduled at Jimmy Maks on Thursday, February 16th has been CANCELED. A full refund will be made to all persons who purchased tickets for either the 7 or 9:30PM shows. We regret this and hope to re-schedule her next year.  

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$45 - $75

Maria Schneider Orchestra

February 17 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. This performance marks the orchestra’s long overdue Portland debut. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a select few to have received Grammy® Awards in both jazz and classical categories, including 12 nominations…

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$8

Suenos + Coco Columbia

February 17 | 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
White Eagle Tavern,
836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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$30 - $40

CANCELED: Joey Calderazzo Quintet

February 17 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Joey Calderazzo Quintet’s performance at the BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival originally scheduled the Winningstad Theatre on Friday, February 17th has been CANCELED. A full refund will be made to all persons who purchased tickets. However, Joey will still be performing the night before as a sideman in Branford Marsalis’s band. We regret this and hope to re-schedule his group at a later opportunity.    

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$30 - $35

Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular

February 17 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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NOTE: Show is now a single general admission performance at 9:30 at Winningstad Theatre. All tickets previously purchased for both the early and late shows will be honored.  Jazz drummer, bandleader and educator Ralph Peterson achieved early notoriety as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers second drummer in 1983 and has continued in his footsteps with mentoring young talent throughout his career. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Betty Carter, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been featured with his own trio, TriAngular, whose first iteration put out their album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected TriAngular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, TriAngular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of…

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Jasnam Daya Singh & David Valdez Chamber Ensemble presents Mezzo Monk

February 17 | 11:00 pm - February 18 | 1:00 am
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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David Valdez and Jasnam Daya Singh ( formerly known as Weber Iago ) joined forces in 2010 and put together a group with focus on compositions and arrangements that encompassed various musical styles. The idea was to work long forms into the Jazz realm, creating a canvas for structured writing with plenty of space for improvisation. Jasnam contributed original compositions as well as arrangements of material from the Brazilian and American Songbook; David Valdez engaged a few other composers and arrangers to contribute material to the ensemble as well. In terms of configuration, the Jasnam Daya Singh & David Valdez Chamber Ensemble has gone thru a few incarnations in which different instruments such as Violin and Bassoon were used.For the Mezzo Monk Project to be premiered at the Portland Jazz festival 2017 , they’ll have the participation of great Sax Player Tomas Pereira. In this project Pereira will be featured…

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$30 - $35

Kneebody (New Time and Venue!)

February 18 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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NOTE: Show is now a single general admission performance at 3pm at Winningstad Theatre. All tickets previously purchased for both the early and late shows will be honored.  Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody possesses a sound that is an amalgamation of explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre, style, and musical language all its own that allows its musicians to change tempo and key at the drop of a dime. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody came together in Los Angeles in 2001, and since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow…

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$20 - $25

Emmet Cohen (Solo Piano)

February 18 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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February 22, 2016
Photography by John Abbott
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Multifaceted American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. He possesses the innate ability to communicate with audiences at what he calls “the deepest level of humanity and individuality,” and plays with the command and passion of a musician fully devoted to his art. Cohen has performed at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern and Edinburgh jazz festivals among others, plus he has gigged at prestigious music venues such as the Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He was a finalist in both the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 2011 and the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2011 and 2015. Cohen currently collaborates with some of the biggest stars in jazz such as Jimmy Cobb, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Herlin Riley and Christian McBride. This performance marks Cohen’s Portland debut. “(Cohen possesses) nimble touch, measured stride and…

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$29 - $59

The Heath Brothers

February 18 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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In celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents an exciting double bill featuring the legendary Heath Brothers along with Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal. Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath have recorded and collaborated with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years. Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spent his formative years working with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, and Coleman Hawkins. Likewise, drummer Tootie Heath has recorded and performed with John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef and many others. While the two brothers recorded together on Jimmy’s solo records in the 1960s, it wasn’t until they formed The Heath Brothers with Percy Heath on bass and Stanley Cowell on piano that the Heaths became household names in the world of hard bop jazz. The Heath Brothers have released 10 albums, including Endurance,…

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$8

Kontext + Human Ottoman

February 18 | 8:00 pm - February 19 | 11:55 pm
White Eagle Tavern,
836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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$35 - $45

The Cookers

February 18 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, David Weiss
April 12, 2016
Sear Sound rooftop
353 W. 48th street NYC
Photography by John Abbott, www.johnabbottphoto.com,
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The Cookers are an all-star septet under the musical direction of David Weiss that summons an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Core members Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each member helped facilitate the process as players in some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s classic ’60s quartet; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George…

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PDX Jazz Jam @ The 1905 w/ Ron Steen

February 18 | 11:00 pm - February 19 | 1:00 am
The 1905,
830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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Veteran drummer and bandleader Ron Steen is one of the Northwest’s top rhythm keepers and leader of the Portland jazz scene. He has performed with a host of jazz artists such as Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt and Charles Lloyd among many others. He is also the “Godfather of Jazz Jams” in Portland, having hosted ongoing jam sessions since 1980. Notable international jazz stars who come through town stop into Steen’s jams for impromptu music led by one of the best in the business. In addition to hosting jam sessions, Steen is also a sought after bandleader and session musician, who his peers hold in high regard for his solid and versatile rhythms. Steen’s ability to bring together top musicians in town and around the nation make him one of the city’s most valuable assets.

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Gordon Lee & Warren Rand Quintet

February 18 | 11:30 pm - February 19 | 1:00 am
Art Bar,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$35 - $45

John Abercrombie Quartet

February 19 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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With a career spanning more than 40 years, John Abercrombie has become a master of impeccable jazz guitar innovation. Favoring unusual sounds, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony, and his body of work has explored the realms of jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he became one of New York’s most in-demand session players during the 1960s. In 1974, Abercrombie released his first solo record, Timeless, for ECM Records, which has been immortalized as one of the most famous ECM recordings of all time featuring Jan Hammer and Jack DeJohnette. Over the years he has recorded and/or performed with top jazz stars such as Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Gato Barbieri, Chico Hamilton, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Ralph Towner, Joey Baron and Barry Miles. Abercrombie keeps up a heavy touring schedule with his…

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$20 - $25

Amina Claudine Myers: Poems for Piano

February 19 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Amina Claudine Myers is a critically acclaimed pianist whose rich and luscious playing style has been informed by blues, jazz and gospel music that is seamless and instantly recognizable. Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Myers started singing, playing the piano and directing choirs at an early age. In the early 1960s, she moved to Chicago, where she worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons and participated in the AACM. In 1969, Myers recorded her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and in 1976 she relocated to New York City where she focused on her own compositions and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions while continuing to perform and record as a pianist and organist. A couple of years later she began touring in Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and his New York Organ Ensemble, and in 1985 she joined Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Likewise, Myers has been…

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Presley & Presley: Souled Out

February 19 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$19 - $49

Yellowjackets & Mike Stern

February 19 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Yellowjackets is a longstanding, influential Grammy® Award-winning contemporary jazz group that formed in 1977 and first signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their self-titled debut album made an immediate impact on jazz radio while garnering public and critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter, the group was topping the Billboard Jazz Chart and performing to sold out audiences all over the world. While Yellowjackets at it’s core combines acoustic and electric instrumental jazz,  the group isn’t afraid of incorporating world beats, strings, vocals, and densely-populated soundscapes featuring elements of electronica. Yellowjackets’ music has taken many unexpected twists and turns over the years and they have evolved and matured considerably across their 20+ releases. While the band is touring in support of its 2016 release Cohearance on Mack Avenue Records, this special PDX Jazz Festival engagement will also feature selections from Yellowjackets’ Grammy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed 2008 record Lifecycle where they will be joined onstage by guitarist Mike Stern for the first time in nearly a decade.…

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Paul Mazzio: In the Spirit of Dizzy

February 20 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Part of the “Dizzy’s Den at Al’s Den” series.

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$30 - $35

Ralph Towner Solo w/ Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

February 20 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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NOTE: Date Change. Show is now taking place on Monday, February 20 instead of Tuesday, February 21. All tickets previously purchased will be honored.  Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon. Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his…

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$20 - $25

Andrei Kitaev (Solo Piano)

February 20 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Andrei Kitaev is a Russian born jazz pianist who Ahmad Jamal once remarked “deserves to be heard at the best concert halls in the world.” Many musicians and listeners, both local and around the world, consider Kitaev an unsung musical genius with the thirst for the musical expression only jazz can offer with a penchant to explore, develop, and present one’s soul on the ivories of the piano. Kitaev started his formal classical piano training at the early age of six under the tutelage of his aunt, a famous concert pianist in Moscow. However, Andrei’s love affair with jazz led him to cross over from the rigors and commitment of the classical world to the ever-expanding universe of jazz piano which eventually brought him to the US. Kitaev has performed alongside Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton and Dean Martin. Kitaev is this years featured Portland…

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$20 - $25

Ezra Weiss & The Monday Night Big Band

February 20 | 7:30 pm
Lola’s Room,
1332 W Burnside St
Portland, 97205
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Ezra Weiss is a critically acclaimed Portland-based composer/pianist who has released six albums as a bandleader. Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland. He has led bands in many of the U.S.’s greatest jazz clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, to name a few. Ezra has also composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals, two of which were honored by TalkinBroadway.com as among the Top 10 Cast Albums in 2009 and 2013, plus he has been the winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. For this year’s Festival, Ezra will lead his Monday Night Big…

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Levis Dragulin & Noah Simpson: “Chet Baker vs Dizzy Gillespie”

February 21 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Part of the “Dizzy’s Den at Al’s Den” series.

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$25 - $30

Alan Jones Sextet (Early Show)

February 21 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Born and raised in Portland, Alan Jones is one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jones has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Jones isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy as an educator via the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM)…

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$20 - $25

Alan Jones Sextet (Late Show)

February 21 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Born and raised in Portland, Alan Jones is one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jones has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Jones isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy as an educator via the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM)…

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Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis (World Premiere!)

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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This year’s Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown has been called “The Gentleman of Jazz,” “The Fuller Brush Man,” and “The Godfather of Jazz.” Regardless of nicknames, he is a premier drummer whose career has spanned over five decades. Mel’s career on the road began with organist/singer Earl Grant in 1965. Afterwards, he journeyed to Motown Records where he played drums on hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He later moved onto jazz, playing with Leroy Vinegar, Teddy Edwards, Richie Cole, Marlena Shaw,  Mary Stallings, Jessica Williams, Gene Harris, “Sweets” Harry Edison, Ray Brown, Joey de Francesco, to name a few. Brown is the dean amongst the drumming community in Portland, currently performing in five bands that have been gigging weekly for the last 10 years. Brown will debut his own big band featuring Portland’s finest musicians in a world premiere, joined by renowned…

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$20 - $25

Bridgetown Sextet

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Over the past decade, Portland’s own Bridgetown Sextet has become a pillar of the Pacific Northwest’s robust vintage hot jazz and blues scene. The ensemble performs authentic, energetic roots jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with a sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp of prohibition-era Chicago, and the tight swing of depression-era Manhattan. The group recaptures the combustible feel of these early jazz innovations with a unique, original sound that moves beyond the tenets of preservationism. While the band’s most recent disc, 2015’s Stomp Defined, stands as a quintessential representation for the vintage jazz and swing renaissance exploding across the globe, the Sextet’s live show is where they truly glow, full of astounding precision and impeccable musical timing that must be seen to be believed. This Festival appearance marks the return of the groups’ founder Andrew Oliver, who now resides in London. “If you want to get a feel for what the Land…

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Dick Titterington & Randy Porter: The John Birks Society

February 22 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Thomas Barber Quintet: Barber Does Dizzy

February 23 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$20 - $25

Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Bill Mays is a jazz pianist hailing from Sacramento, California. From 1969 to the early 1980s, Mays worked as a studio session musician in Los Angeles. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick, and he has also worked with artists such as Don Ellis, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Sonny Stitt, Lalo Schifrin and Frank Zappa among many others. In 1984, he moved to New York City and began to do more work as a bandleader, composer, and arranger. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name, and has been heard on hundreds more by others. Mays will be appearing at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in support of his new solo piano double-CD set, Front Row Seat, a collection of intricate and sparkling interpretations of…

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